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Listed below are some of the homeschooling events and activities in the
St. Joseph, MO and Northwest Missouri area.
Further down the page, you will find Recurring Events.
You can also find all these and many others on the Calendar of Events page.
Homeschool Events and Activities
***MOM'S COFFEE NIGHT***
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Hazel's Gourmet Coffee & Tea Company
4001 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO
All homeschooling moms are invited to share an evening
of fun and fellowship the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. - ?
MAHAFFIE STAGECOACH STOP HOMESCHOOL DAY
Fall Fun on the Farm
Thursday September 11, 2014.
This program offers two sessions of 1860s Fall Living History activities that may include: Mahaffie House tours, cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations and visiting the new Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn. Sessions are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $5/student and accompanying adults are free (if adults would like a stagecoach ride, cost is $2/adult/stagecoach ride). Registration is required by Thursday September 4 and payment is due day of the program.
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HOMESCHOOL WEEK AT UNION STATION KC
September 29 - October 3
Please join us for Homeschool Week Monday, September 29-Friday October 3. Take advantage of our discounted group rates for Science City, the Planetarium and more.
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FREE NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
A FREE National College Fair is coming to the Kansas City Convention Center October 5 & 6. This event is open to everyone! Over 150 college representatives from all over the country will be on hand to discuss academics, financial aid, and many other opportunities. Free workshops on college planning and financial aid will also be held.
DATES / TIMES: Oct 5, Sunday - 1:00pm-4:00pm, Oct 6, Monday - 8:30am-11:30am
LOCATION: Kansas City Convention Center, Hall A (301 West 13th - Kansas City, MO 64105)
COST TO ATTEND: FREE!
WHO: This fair is open to everyone who is college bound - parents, middle school students, high school students, community college students looking for a transfer institution, adults looking to go back to college. All are welcome!
Recurring Events and Activities
HOMESCHOOL CLASSES AT THE KANSAS CITY ZOO
September 10th, 2014 through December 18th, 2014
Join us for our When Science Attacks homeschool classes. Each class will include a small tour, activities, possibly an animal encounter, and a take home activity, not to mention the opportunity to engage with our professional Zoo Educators on a variety of topics.
Who: Children grades Kindergarten to 8th grade.
Visit their website for more information and how to sign up.
SPECIAL HOMESCHOOL RATE AT LEGOLAND
Take a break from the home classroom this summer for a fun and educational experience LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City. With more than 2 million LEGO® bricks under one roof, it's the ideal place to let your students experience a world of fun, creativity and imagination. Join us this summer to take part in our special Homeschool rate of $7.50 for 3 years old - 6th grade and $8.50 for 7th grade - High School, plus 1 adult free per homeschool family, additional adults are $10.
To book your homeschool visit, please contact us and mention 'homeschools' at 816-556-3234 or email Katelyn Cook at Katelyn.Cook@merlinentertainments.biz.
EXCEL SPEECH SERVICES
Kathy Blair is the owner of Excel Speech Services, providing speech therapy for the community. A speech pathologist specializing in working with pediatric patients and homeschool students of all ages. As an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certified, Missouri Teacher Certified, State of Missouri Licensed speech pathologist with over 20 years of experience, Kathy Blair has worked with many children over the years with various speech-language deficits. Speech therapy targeting articulation, receptive language, expressive language, overall language deficit, fluency (stuttering), speech apraxia, phonological process errors, resonance disorders (related to repaired cleft palate), speech delays related to ear infections and hearing loss, etc., Kathy has much experience helping children from the early childhood age range up through high school age. Her form of therapy focuses on the positive and involves play activity for younger children. As a homeschool mom herself, Kathy is homeschool friendly, providing therapy in a non-threatening, professional, parent/speech pathologist team manner. She currently offers speech evaluation and speech therapy services for a low, cash only, rate. This makes effective speech therapy available to the homeschool community at an affordable cost. She currently has many openings for new clients in her schedule. If interested in contacting Kathy Blair, please contact her through email or by phone!
ICE SKATING SESSIONS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
Wednesday mornings from 10am - 12 noon
Bode Ice Arena, 2500 SW Parkway, St. Joseph
Cost: $5.00 (this includes skate rental)
If there is enough interest, Bode can provide Basic Skills group lessons for the skaters. It would be an 6 week class on Wednesdays from 12 noon - 12:45pm. Cost for the class is $60, which includes a punch card for 6 free public sessions.
If you have questions, please call the ice rink at 816-271-5352.
CHESS TEAM MONEYMAKERS
Thank you to all who have supported the chess team as we are raising money to make the trip to Supernationals in Nashville. We have four different fundraisers going on in February and appreciate any help you can give in either supporting them or helping us get the word out. Thank you!
1. Hy-Vee coupon books are just $5 and include a coupon for $5 off $50 purchase as well as $45 more in coupons! It is a great deal. See any of the chess families going to Supernationals to get yours.
2. Tastefully Simple has great seasonings and meal helps as well as great treats. 100% of the profit goes to the chess team. To check out the catalog or place an order, go to: https://www.tastefullysimple.com/secure/pomm/SpecialInvitation.aspx?pxid=3317813&key=d3c9e647-ae6b-4cb8-b6c6-46875f5fa1e6
Thanks for your support! For questions call Laura Morris at 816.262.9070 or email her.
EDUCATIONAL TOURS OF THE MISSOURI STATE CAPITOL
Educators can have free educational tours of the Capitol in Jefferson City. Groups of 10 or more can register email@example.com.
DISCOUNT TICKETS TO THE CREATION MUSEUM
Use coupon code 8111752 for a $20 two-day adult ticket, normally priced at $29.95.
Purchase the discounted tickets at the $20 price online at www.creationmuseum.org until December 18, 2013 but the tickets are valid for a year after purchase date.
The Creation Museum is a wonderful location to visit any time of year, but on Fridays and Saturdays in December they have a beautiful Christmas exhibit called "Christmas Town".
LOWES FREE BUILD & GROW CLINICS
Build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles, patch, and much more.
Visit their website for more details and to sign up.
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
Various dates and times (usually the third Wednesday or Thursday of each month,
check the Calendar of events each month for the exact date, time, and each month's topic).
MDC NW Regional Headquarters on the campus of MWSU in St. Joseph, MO.
They will have a limit of 45 participants at each program.
Parents attend with children. Age recommendation: 6 years through 18.
All programs will be held at the Enter campus from the north on Faron Street. MDC is the first building on your left AFTER the baseball complex and pond. All programs are FREE.
Please RSVP to Shelly at 816-271-3111 ext. 1442 or via email Shelly.Cox@mdc.mo.gov
Please make sure that you sign up early...programs frequently reach full capacity. Also, please cancel your reservation if you find you are unable to attend so that other families will have the opportunity.
REMINGTON NATURE CENTER ACTIVITIES
Friday Feeding Frenzy - come help feed the fish every Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Second Saturday Kids Quest - second Saturday of every month (except holidays) at 1:00 p.m.
Last Sunday Craft Club - last Sunday of every month (June-August, except holidays) at 1:00 p.m.
Last Saturday Craft Club - last Saturday of every month (September-May, except holidays) at 1:00 p.m.
Please RSVP to 816-271-5499 if you plan to attend.
Check our Calendar of Events for more details or visit stjoenaturecenter.info.
ROLLING HILLS LIBRARY FUNDAY MONDAY CLUB
Fourth Monday of every month September through May, 1:30 p.m., Belt Branch, St. Joseph, MO
Check the Calendar of Events for details on each class.
Seating is limited so advance registration is required. To sign-up, call 816-232-5479.
Visit Rolling Hills Library Calendar for more information.
HOMESCHOOL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL TEAMS
Anyone wanting information about girls volleyball and basketball teams can contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be hosting several fund raisers this summer to raise money for nationals, gym fees, jerseys and referee fees. If you are interested in being in charge of a fundraiser, have ideas for a fundraiser, or any other ideas or suggestions for volleyball or basketball, please contact Rachel at Revelationch.email@example.com.
HOMESCHOOL MATH CLASSES AND TUTORING
Certified teacher Tom Hund will be offering the following math classes for the 2012-2013 school year in his home (1615 County Line Road, St. Joseph, Missouri, 64505) at group rates: Algebra 1, Geometry, Advanced Math, and possibly Algebra II. He is contemplating offering a New Testament Greek class if there is enough interest. Classes begin at the end of August.
Tom also offers individual math tutoring for all ages.
If you have any questions or would like to know more, please email Tom Hund or call him at 232-2278.
HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSES
Art Teacher Tracy Porter, with 18 years of experience teaching elementary/middle school art
is offering to teach art lessons to homeschool students.
A variety of art lessons will be taught, utilizing several medias and covering a range of elements and principles of art. Lessons will include focus on master artists, as well as integration of other subject matters: science, history, music, literature, and more. Each lesson will be finished within a two hour time frame. If there is extra time, we may have time for drawing lessons or other short projects.
Cost: $10 per child per lesson
Supplies to bring are noted for each lesson, some supplies will be provided.
If interested, contact Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-591-5679
Class size will be limited to 15 students, ideal age is grades 2-8
Ms. Porter needs a location for classes. If you would like to host classes in your home, you will receive a discounted lesson price.
HOMESCHOOL DISCOUNT SKI PASS FOR SNOW CREEK
Anyone who is interested in purchasing one can visit skisnowcreek.com/school_programs.html.
Mondays will be HOMESCHOOL DAYS AT SNOW CREEK this coming season! Each Monday, home school groups will gather at Snow Creek to enjoy the wonderful sport of skiing/snowboarding and to connect with their fellow home-schoolers. The price is very affordable and includes lift tickets, rental equipment, lessons, and a lunch.
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